Archive for the ‘Autoline Exclusives’ Category

The 2023 Ram HD 2500 Rebel Made Me Feel Like A Child

February 14th, 2023 at 3:27pm

2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel front three-quarters

I’ve never felt more like a child trying to get into a vehicle than like with the 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel. And I think that’s saying something considering I’m 6’4” and have long legs. But this truck is huge.

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The Driver’s SUV – 2023 Mazda CX-30

February 9th, 2023 at 1:46pm


Have you ever heard an enthusiast or automotive journalist refer to a vehicle as ‘a real driver’s car?’ It’s usually meant as a compliment. A way to signify to the other True Believers out there that this is a vehicle worth their consideration. While it might not have all the bells and whistles of the competition, it does the basics really well. Ride, handling, steering and comfort. I’m willing to bet that most vehicle that previously fit into this category were either sports cars or sporty sedans. But if there were ever ‘a real driver’s SUV/Crossover’ the Mazda CX-30 is it.

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Oldie But Goodie – 2023 Lexus GX 460

February 6th, 2023 at 1:26pm


As you clamber into the cabin, the Lexus GX 460 looks and feels dated, old fashioned. There are lots of switches and knobs splayed across the dashboard and console. The center display screen looks like an add-on afterthought. And the powertrain doesn’t feel the least bit electrified. No doubt customers are delighted!

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2023 Lexus ES 250 F SPORT Has the Look But Not the Pedigree

January 27th, 2023 at 2:24pm


Names like Avalon and Camry don’t make you think of lapping the Nurburgring, but despite sharing the same platform as those mainstream passenger sedans, Lexus did a good job of installing some sporty character into the Lexus ES 250 AWD F SPORT.

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Cheap & Very Chearful – 2023 Kia Soul

January 23rd, 2023 at 2:42pm


There’s a trick to making cheap cars not look cheap. It takes jazzy styling, bright colors and good value for the money. That’s the familiar formula that Kia used ever since it introduced the Soul. And it’s working. Sales continue to grow.

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Mitsubishi Steps Up Its Game

January 16th, 2023 at 3:47pm


What a pleasant surprise. For years I felt that Mitsubishi’s cars felt a bit outdated and clunky. But the new Outlander erased all those thoughts. It’s comfortable and modern, thanks to sitting on an all-new platform that came via Nissan—part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.

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When Does Big Become Too Big?

January 13th, 2023 at 2:39pm

2023 Wagoneer L Carbide

Do you own a ranch in Montana? If so, the Jeep Wagoneer L could be perfect for you.

Do you like making several Y-turns to get into or out of a parking lot? Then the Wagoneer L won’t bother you at all.

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The Rarest New Cadillac You Can Buy

January 11th, 2023 at 4:02pm

2021 Cadillac Escalade offers a 3.0L inline-six turbodiesel and

No, we’re not talking about that hand-built +$300,000 Cadillac Celistiq. We’re talking about the diesel version of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade.

Talk about rare. Until Volkswagen pretty much destroyed the market viability of them, diesels were proving to be quite popular. Now, automakers don’t want to even talk about them, especially those brands that have promised the world they’re about to go all electric—like Cadillac.

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2022 Lexus LX600 F SPORT AWD

January 10th, 2023 at 3:54pm


I’m trying to remove the word ‘hate’ from my vocabulary, so instead, I’ll say I strongly disliked the new Lexus LX600. It’s not that it’s a bad vehicle. I generally don’t think there are many ‘bad’ vehicles built these days, but the Lexus offered very little of what I would want in a luxury SUV.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQS

December 13th, 2022 at 3:13pm


Mercedes is transitioning to BEVs by giving its customers cars that are almost exactly what they have right now, except that they’re electric. The look, the feel, and the controls don’t deviate very far from what is already in the lineup. Most M-B customers will feel right at home in this new breed of cars. And the AMG version of the EQS is no exception.

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